Pitkin County grants extension for building permits | AspenTimes.com

Pitkin County grants extension for building permits

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Stalled home construction in unincorporated Pitkin County, apparently the result of the economic downturn, won a reprieve this week from Pitkin County.

County commissioners voted Wednesday to grant a one-time building permit extension until Aug. 31, 2011 for all building permits that have expired or will expire this year.

In May, the county tallied 19 expired permits, 11 that were due to expire by Sept. 1 and 17 others that would expire between Sept. 1 and May 1, 2011 if construction did not commence.

The county has a policy regarding reapplication for an expired permit – one that forces the applicant to pay some or all of the fees anew, plus a reapplication fee – but county commissioners agreed to take a more lenient approach, under the circumstances.

The city of Aspen is extending all permits, at the permit holder’s request, until June 30, 2011.

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